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Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater

Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-16 1:32
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 11
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Chestnut-Headed Bee-eater
(Merops leschenaulti)
Size: 21 cm
Location: Khao Yai National Park (Thailand)

Distinguishedfrom Little Green by yellow throat and no tail-streamers. Chestnut crown, nape, and upper back. Blue tinge on rump. Square tail. Sexes alike. Typical bee-eater flight and habits. More associated with forest edge than others in the family. In small groups.

Various tree, tree…….and tetrew calls. Noisy.

Resident in scattered colonies in forests and open country with trees in lowlands and up tp 1400m in dry hills. Nestign in burrow; March – May.

India South-east Asia and Java.

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Hi Ang,

Excellent capture with flawless BG. Nice pair of perching birds. Exact timing.


Excellent catch ... excellent timing and composition ...!!

wow, great capture, TFS Ori

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-03-16 12:13]


You make me very jelous.. For yours i wanted to see this species, and you just post this like it is nothing. Superb timing! Very good details, colors and field of depth. I really really love it! Thanks!


Hi Ang,
This is really a masterpiece! Great timing by both( You & the bee eater) to catch the dragonfly.
Excellent picture...! Well done & TFS.

WOAH!!! what a SHOT!!!!!! love this!

Although "points" mean little, the lack of critiques, comments and "points" given to this image tell me that something is wrong with the model of this site. This is a truly spectacular image, with the fine composition, exquisite colours, perfect depth of field and complementary background combined with an extraordinary capture of one of the birds tossing a Sympetrum sp. dragonfly into the air in preparation for swallowing it. I can infer that the lack of points is due to the fact that you do not participate in writing critiques (or, at least, very few), and the lack of any note (in any language) is a mistake, but to ignore your excellent photograph because of that is wrong (in my opinion). This is fantastic.
Best wishes, Nigel.

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